CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Ten people have been shot dead and at least 28 others wounded in Chicago since Friday evening.
Four of the murder victims were shot on Friday night in the Brighton Park neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side. In that attack, three men and one woman were shot dead in a car. The woman was pregnant. Chicago police said that shooting was gang related and that three of the victims were gang members.
The website "HeyJackass.com," which tracks violence in Chicago, said that on average, a person is shot about every 2 hours and 18 minutes in the city. On average, two people are murdered every day.
So far this year, more than 500 people have been murdered in Chicago. The vast majority of the killers used a gun.
In the 9200 block of S. Cottage Grove, two people were wounded in a shooting at a church. One was a 17-year-old boy.
“I felt something hit me, sharply, in the back of the head, and next thing you know, one of the guys was running the opposite direction of the church, and one of the guys was limping over toward the church,” Damane Mitchell said. “He came in and said he had been shot. He began to crawl up the steps. We got on the phone and called 911, and shortly thereafter, somebody in the church told me that I was bleeding.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised a continued focus on city violence, announcing nearly 100 more officers will be deployed to districts, citywide.
“The additional officers are part of the overall, comprehensive strategy of making sure more police are on the street, kids, guns and gangs are off the street,” Emanuel said.
Overall, the city continues to see a decline in the total number of shootings, this year over last, which continued into September, with a little less than 200 people being shot when compared to the same period last year.